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NNAAC welcomes Ahmad Abuznaid as new Director

We are pleased to announce the addition of Ahmad Nabil Abuznaid, Esq. as Director of the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), an ACCESS institution.

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As a licensed attorney, Abuznaid co-founded and served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Florida-based nonprofit Dream Defenders, an organization comprised of communities in struggle that was formed in the aftermath of the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Through his work with Dream Defenders, Abuznaid—who also served as the organization’s organizer and Legal and Policy Director prior to climbing the ranks to COO—helped lead the fight to end mass incarceration, police brutality and zero tolerance policies in Florida schools.

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Trump’s ban on Muslims, shut down of borders criminalize our communities

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Our country is a nation of diverse communities with people of all identities and backgrounds.  Through our constitution and our core American values of freedom and equality,  we promise to protect all people no matter their ethnicity, race, faith, sexual orientation, or gender. When these values are not upheld, we must call out the hate and discrimination and stand up for those who are unjustly targeted.

The Trump administration is turning bigoted rhetoric that was the foundation of Trump’s presidential campaign into bigoted policy, less than a week into holding office. The ban on Muslims and shut down of our borders are the first steps in a Trump-era agenda that criminalizes entire communities based on their nationality and origin. In this country, we do not ban, register, or deport people based on their background or identity. We are better than state-sanctioned bigotry.

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We must maintain our spirit of advocacy, leadership

In the past year, we have witnessed one of the most contentious and emotional political races in our country’s history. Throughout this presidential election, we have been forced to reevaluate the values and ideals that define our nation. What we have learned is that, now, more than ever, we need to come together to uphold our shared values of freedom and equality for all. 

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We’ve awarded $155,000 in grants to our members this year!

We’re thrilled to announce that 2016 has been one of our largest re-granting years to date. In total, the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) has distributed $155,000 in funds back to our member organizations this year. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

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After Supreme Court deadlocks on immigration, what do we do now?

The Supreme Court’s split decision that fails to allow implementation of President Obama’s essential immigration programs is an undeniable setback for immigrant communities and the millions of people who would be eligible for relief under DAPA and DACA+. The ruling is disappointing, but it is not an end to our fight. So what do we do now?

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Supreme Court’s split decision on immigration is a major setback

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Detroit public high school gets major makeover thanks to Arab American Service Day volunteers

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12th Annual Service Day includes dozens of Arab American-led projects across the country

DETROIT—A group of 400 community volunteers and students from eight Dearborn and Detroit high schools teamed up for a major renovation of Detroit Public Schools’ Cody High School for National Arab American Service Day on May 14, 2016.

Several classrooms at the Detroit Institute of Technology (DIT) at Cody High School were in dire need of new ceilings. The old ceilings were unsafe and tiles had been falling down, some striking students. Several bathroom stalls were also missing doors, and the building's exterior and surrounding grounds needed a lot of attention. ACCESS, the largest Arab American community nonprofit in the U.S., partnered with The Greening of Detroit to renovate and beautify DIT at Cody High School and nearby Stein Park for Service Day. Volunteers began the process of installing new drop ceilings in classrooms, painted outdoor courts, planted a community garden and a butterfly garden, cleaned up debris, built a walking path and cleaned up nearby abandoned lots.

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Thousands of volunteers to undertake projects nationwide for Arab American Service Day

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Service Day to include dozens of Arab American-led projects from school makeovers to beach clean-ups

DEARBORN, Mich.—National Arab American Service Day will bring together thousands of volunteers from across the country on May 14, 2016, to tackle service projects that meet their communities’ and neighbors’ needs.

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Detroit high school to get major makeover thanks to Arab American Service Day volunteers

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Ceiling tiles fall regularly at several classrooms in the Detroit Institute of Technology (DIT) at Cody High School (Detroit Public Schools). Click here to see more "before" photos of the school.

12th Annual Service Day to include dozens of Arab American-led projects across the country

DETROIT—A group of 400 community volunteers and students from five Dearborn and Detroit high schools will undertake a major renovation of Detroit Public Schools' Cody Rouge High School and a nearby park for National Arab American Service Day on May 14, 2016.

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25 advocacy groups call on Coca-Cola to dissociate from bigoted political party conventions

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The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), a program of ACCESS, and its Campaign to TAKE ON HATE are among 25 advocacy groups calling on The Coca-Cola Company to dissociate from political conventions where hateful rhetoric and bigotry would be highlighted and praised. 

In the last few months, candidates for public office have repeatedly disparaged Latino, Muslim, Arab and Black communities, as well as women, LGBT people and people with disabilities. Latinos have been referred to as criminals and rapists and it has been suggested that mosques should be monitored and shut down and that American Muslims should be registered to a database. In addition, supporters of candidates have engaged in violent acts against African Americans and other people of color.

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